The first thing you’ll find in this Member Update is news about our pro-life Supreme Court victory in the California pregnancy centers free speech case. Next, we need you to add your comments on ABOG’s desire for a late-term abortion specialty and the HHS Protect Life Rule to defund abortion providers of Title X funds. Finally, we note instances of AAPLOG speaking out for you in the public square.
Victory at the Supreme Court
This week the pro-life movement enjoyed a victory at the Supreme Court! On Tuesday, the court ruled 5-4 in the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra case (view the opinion here), protecting free speech at pro-life pregnancy care centers.
The decision strikes down a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for abortion. This Supreme Court victory blocking California’s law sets an important precedence for our free speech and our ability to adhere to the Hippocratic Oath in our professional practice.
AAPLOG made sure your voice was heard by the Supreme Court as they deliberated the NIFLA decision. Americans United for Life filed an amici curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the case on behalf of AAPLOG and other leading pro-life medical groups including the American College of Pediatricians and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. The wording of our brief was mirrored in the wording of the Supreme Court decision in this case. You have made a real difference in the practice of medicine today. Learn more from AUL’s Steve Aden: Dear Friends Aden memo.pdf
We have two very serious items that need public comments.
ABOG applies for a late-term abortion speciality
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) has applied to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for a new subspecialty certification for doing late-term abortions. The application for “Complex Family Planning” reveals ABOG desires to increase the number of board-certified OB-GYNS trained in doing second and third trimester abortions.
Public comments on the proposed specialty are open through July 6.
Click here to read the combined comment of AAPLOG, American College of Pediatricians, Catholic Medical Association and the American Academy of Medical Ethics.
Here are some talking points to ABMS:
- Training in contraception, and miscarriage management and complicated pregnancy management is already done in an obgyn residency. There is no need for an additional board certification.
- Training in management of high risk pregnancies is already accomplished through a maternal fetal medicine subspecialty board certification. There is no need for an additional board certification.
- The uniqueness of the proposed board certification is in training physicians to kill fetuses in utero. This practice should have no place in the field of medicine, much less have the imprimatur of the ABMS.
Please consider making the time to give a comment to the ABMS. It is critically important that killing our fetal patients, especially fetuses who could survive outside of the womb, not be entrenched by board certification.
Public comment is open through July 6. Comment here.
HHS Protect Life Rule
Planned Parenthood stands to lose $60 million in taxpayer funding under the Protect Life Rule, proposed by President Trump last month. The Protect Life Rule will redirect Title X funds from abortion businesses to life-affirming health care providers to give women true care. (Read our press release.)
The Protect Life Rule is open for public comment until the end of July.
Please take a moment to submit a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to read a sample letter.
AAPLOG in the Public Square
Earlier this month, Americans United for Life held “Women Speak 2018: A Symposium on Life Without Roe.” It was billed as a ground-breaking event to “bring together experts and leaders in law, medicine, economics, and the media, to explore the current cultural and political paradigm that argues abortion is necessary for women’s advancement in society.” A full video of the symposium is available. Watch AAPLOG Board Chairman, Dr. Christina Francis, as well as two AAPLOG members, on the second panel starting at 1:06 into the video. Dr. Francis said of the event, « I was honored to join a very distinguished panel of professional women representing the fields of law, socioeconomics, social science and medicine. What a statement it made that these were women who have made it to the top of their fields and yet deny the fact that abortion is needed in order for us to achieve this. Not only do we not need it, but our lives and by extension our society, would be better off without legalized abortion – in every way that was represented on the three panels. »
We’ve all heard some pretty ridiculous arguments making the case for abortion. Recently Dr. Donna Harrison was on the Laura Ingraham radio program, debating a doctor with Physicians for Reproductive Health, who claimed, « when life begins is really up to a personal opinion. » Dr. Harrison penned a response published in The Federalist: The Science About When Life Begins Makes Pro-Choicers Look Terrible.
Thanks for standing with us.
Donna J. Harrison M.D.
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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